Happy Holidays and many thanks!

Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer  is not your typical Christmas fare, getting drunk and playing poker with the Devil, but it shares much in common with tales like A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life: Sharky’s a fella who’s “an alcoholic, and…an awful gobshite,” and whose “life is in tatters,” but who comes to appreciate that his family, friends, and the time that he has to share with them are the greatest gifts for which he might ask. Working on this great piece of dramatic literature, at this time, with these people, has been hugely challenging and tremendously rewarding, and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity and the lessons learned.

Thanks to everyone who was a part of The Seafarer. We had a great cast, a crack crew & creative team, and grand support from our audiences and our production partners at Birmingham Festival Theatre. For myself and from the rest of the company, I wish you the happiest of holiday seasons and a smashing New Year.

— Pat McCall


The Seafarer – Final Weekend! and Birmingham’s Best 2013 balloting

Don’t forget to visit to cast your ballot for Birmingham’s Best 2013—there are dozens of categories, including Best Local Actor, Best Local Actress, and Best Live Theatre Troupe! We’ve had a great 2013 at CET, including:

  • Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer-winning drama Ruined, featuring a rich ensemble cast led by Cecil Washington, Jr., and Chalethia Williams, which marked our first collaboration with Aldridge Repertory Theatre,  and which also helped provide funds to The Footprints Foundation for reconstructive surgeries for victims of sexual violence in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo;
  • Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-winning August: Osage County, our first 5-star-reviewed production and our first show on the mainstage at the Virginia Samford Theatre, featuring a spectacular ensemble and standout performances by Carolyn Messina and Sandra Taylor;
  • Bill W. and Dr. Bob by Samuel Shem & Janet Surrey, which told the important story of the co-founders of Alcoholic Anonymous (portrayed by our co-founders/co-artistic directors Alan Gardner and Jonathan Fuller, with additional fine performances turned in by Jan Hunter, Melissa Cox, and the rest of the company), and which was a major initiative in bringing a non-traditional audience segment into local theatre;
  • Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer, our second 5-star production and our first collaboration with Birmingham Festival Theatre, featuring another terrific ensemble led by Drew Tombrello and Patrick Ian McCall.

Thank you for your consideration and your support this year!

Tonight begins our final weekend of The Seafarer at Birmingham Festival Theatre: only four performances remain! Check out our website & social media tomorrow, when we’ll be announcing the secret password for half-price walk-up admission for the Friday, December 20th performance only.